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The Best Arbuckle/Keaton Collection Volume One

From 1913 to 1916, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle rose from the ranks of bit player to writer, director and star of comedies for Mack Sennett's Keystone Film Company. Because of Sennett's belief that actors were interchangeable, he lost Arbuckle to producer Joseph M. Schenck, who not only paid the comedian handsomely, but also permitted him complete creative control. To help in the new venture, Arbuckle recruited Buster Keaton, popular star of a knockabout vaudeville act; Keaton took a large pay cut to act in motion pictures, and Arbuckle welcomed his ideas andtaught him all he knew about making movies. This volume of the collection presents films that Arbuckle and Keaton made for Schenck between 1917 and 1918; they are presented chronologically so we can watch Buster grow from Arbuckle's bit player to his full partner.

Following the 1921 scandal that was inflamed by a publicity-seeking prosecutor and the tabloid press, Arbuckle's films were withdrawn from circulation in America, and the negatives were not preserved. The films in this collection were gathered from international archives and private collections. The English intertitles are new, and except for Coney Island, derived from non-English sources. All the films are digitally mastered from 35mm, sometimes directly from the nitrate originals.

Running Time
132 mins
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6 videos included

Comments (3)

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Arbuckle & Keaton made a great team and Keaton said he learned a lot about the new medium of film from Arbuckle. THE COOK & ROUGH HOUSE are very funny!!

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Starting at 15:38 in Rough House see Keaton do one of the most athletic moves on film. I freeze=framed that a few times and it is amazing. So fast, but in slow mo you see how he had it all prepared. Incredible.

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Wonderful slapstick. I now know where Chaplin got his idea for his famous dancing scene in the Gold Rush. Fatty Arbuckle & 8 years prior. Check out the Rough House.